Life refers to force through which organisms breathe and move. In order to sustain life, humans must undertake to experience the outside world under their free will. Activities for sustaining life comprise living, and living leads to social activities and hobbies based on repeated daily activities connected to food, clothing, and shelter. Crafts are both basic items for everyday living and special objects that can reflect individual tastes. Following the outbreak of the recent pandemic, we have increasingly begun to examine our surroundings and lives in detail, and this has newly illuminated the value of ordinary everyday life.
The second section, “Life: The Aesthetics of Everyday Life,” emphasizes the interdependence between humans and nature and introduces craft works from everyday life that are required for harmonious coexistence. To effectively convey the value of everyday life, it unfolds in the order of crafts relating to clothing, food, shelter, and upcycling. From fashion and art accessories that reveal a social and aesthetic identity through their tiny sculptural forms, to tableware, furniture, and lighting that satisfy both functionality and aesthetics, to upcycled crafts that give a new regenerative meaning to abandoned objects, this section introduces works that enrich people’s daily lives.